the onboard motherboard jumpers

April 15, 2009 at 01:56:55
Specs: Windows 98 SE, PentiumIII/ 312 MB
 I took out the motherboard battery to test it. Now when I try to put another OS onto the hard drive, I can't get it to go to boot to CD-ROM, it just stays on boot from hard drive. I went into BIOS and changed the boot order to CD-ROM first. 
Do I need to do something to the onboard jumpers, and if so. Can you tell me a brief way to do the procedure.
One thing to note. The computer won't boot. Does that matter anyways. If I set the jumper to default and start it up?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, dvardo88

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#1
April 15, 2009 at 07:10:30
When you took out the battery, the BIOS settings reverted back to the factory deafults. Did you reset the date, time, CPU settings, RAM settings, etc? Did you confirm that your IDE devices are being properly recognized? Did you save the settings before exiting?

"One thing to note. The computer won't boot. Does that matter anyways. If I set the jumper to default and start it up?"

Which jumper are you referring to, the clear CMOS jumper? If you attempt to boot with the jumper in the wrong (clear) position, you risk damaging the board.


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#2
April 16, 2009 at 06:03:38
any hard drive I put onto this motherboard now seems like it won't let it boot from CD-ROM, it just stays on hard drive option. I changed the boot order to put a new OS on this hard drive.
Yes this is the onboard motherboard battery that looks like an organizer batter. A 2032 battery that looks like the size of a nickel.
So, your saying that if I took it out to test it, the jumper should be put into the clear CMOS position with it turned off, and then how long should I keep it in this position?
Would this prevent the hard drive from taking an OS, just testing the battery? It is an older Pentium III chip.

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#3
April 16, 2009 at 06:25:37
Are you saving the changes you make in the BIOS when exiting?

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#4
May 8, 2009 at 22:48:27
There is no way I could save the settings, since it went on the blink. I tried to download an application for the registry, to fix it, and it was taking to long to boot, so I hard booted it and shut it down, which now I think was a mistake. There were over 100 errors on the registry scan, supposelly. I now think that was a milk job. The free scan was to get me to go for the full installation. Anyways, after that, the whole thing, PC, wouldn't boot. Don't mess with these downloads for registries.
The bottom line, after putting the jumper on clear CMOS, with the motherboard completely removed from the tower, I then put the jumper back on normal operation and then put the motherboard back into the tower, hook up the connectors, and fire it up?
This is after removing the battery to test it. That's all I did, but this motherboard is an older board, with 3 RAM slots that take SDRAM, I think, it's got two cut outs, so I think it's older RAM sticks. It has 4 PCI slots, and 1 AGP Slot for the video card. It also has 2 other long slots that are for backward compatibility? I think that's for some older type of expansion cards, I'm not sure.
Now I'm getting a beep beepbeep, beep beepbeep, beep beepbeep, over and over again when I try this other hard drive that I had sitting around. I went to google and put beep codes into the search box and that was a whole new pandoras box to open.
If someone could explain this to me, plain and simple, once is all I need.
Yesterday, I fixed a computer at Tune-Up Masters that had a virus. It took me 5 minutes to fix it. Yes I have knowledge fixing and building PCs but I can always use more knowledge. I do hv class notes that I can look up to see. I took the beginning, intermediate, but not the advanced class in PC Hardware. I also took PC Troubleshooting about 1 year ago on an online class from El Camino College.
Thanks, dvardo88

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#5
May 9, 2009 at 05:38:51
The registry has nothing to do with the BIOS settings. Registry is part of Windows.

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